Introducing Benjamin De Cock

Are you ready for our second speaker introduction? Great, because today we're saying “g'day” to Benjamin De Cock.

He's a user interface designer and front-end developer at Stripe making his first trip to Australia to tell us all about how animations can make the web engaging, fast and playful in his talk — Let's move!

We asked him a few questions to help get to know him better.


Is this your first trip to Melbourne? Or Australia? Do you have other plans for your trip?

First trip to Australia and no, nothing planned so far.

What does your usual work day look like?

I work from home, in a tiny Belgian village full of farms, cows, and generally non-geeky things. I really need this kind of quiet environment in order to focus on my work and be productive. I travel quite often to San Francisco where Stripe's headquarters are in order to mitigate the 9-hour timezone difference that sometimes makes collaboration difficult.

I usually spend about 2 hours in the morning checking my emails, tweets etc. before starting to produce actual stuff. My work is approximately 70% design and 30% development, but I enjoy (and actually need) both of them to be happy in my job. No matter what I do, though, coffee is always a requirement.

Who in the industry consistently blows you away with incredible work?

Lots of people really. So many, in fact, that it often scares me that I won't be able to catch up at some point.

It's hard for me to pick just a few. There are many designers and developers I admire but in general, I do have a sweet spot for "hybrids"; people who use both code and design to achieve their goals. Hakim El Hattab, Koen Bok, Loren Brichter, Louis Harboe, Michaël Villar, and Brandon Walkin are all great examples.

Have you worked in industries other than the web?

I was initially more of a print designer, but it didn't take long before I went all-in on the web.

Clearly, you’ve reached a certain point in your career (because you’re with us!), where do you aspire to get to from here?

I'd like to help on education at some point. In fact, I used to be a CSS teacher for 2 years. It was a great experience, but I feel like the current structure and organization of most schools is inappropriate. I'd like to improve that eventually.

Do you skydive, knit, play the banjo, cycle or do anything that isn’t on a computer?

I try to keep up with my two kids!


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